ENG336H1S-L0101ENG336H1S L0101 M1-3, W1
Topics in Shakespeare
Prof: Dr. Philippa Sheppard
Office Location: TBD
Brief Description of Course:
A consummate man of the theatre, Shakespeare, from 1608 onwards, responded to his company’s adoption of an additional, indoor venue, Blackfriars, and new aesthetic demands from his audience by contributing to a fresh genre of drama – the tragi-comedy or romance. Influenced by the sophisticated court masque, Greek myth, and the homely folk- and fairy-tale, these five late plays challenge us to discover a new critical language to discuss them. They are linked not only by their place on the canon, but also by common themes: reconciliation, renewal, and wish fulfilment. Deceptively naïve on the surface, these plays yield rich complexities, poetic, dramatic, and conceptual. These tragi-comedies provoke questions about the nature of power, family identity, and the role of the arts in society. Recent productions on stage and screen will be included in our study.
: Shakespeare’s Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest
and Two Noble Kinsmen.
First Three Authors/Texts: Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale
Method of Evaluation:
One in-class essay (15%); one take-home essay (35%); one two hour exam (35%); participation (15%). I will take attendance each class, and make note of oral contributions, to arrive at the participation mark. Attendance is important.
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